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John Maddock (b. 1807) owned a number of different business, starting in 1830, with different partners, eventually trading on his own under the name John Maddock. John & Martha Maddock had four sons - John (Jr) and James who became partners in the manufacturing business, and Thomas and Henry, who both managed the export business in the United States of America.
In 1855 when John junr was taken into partnership, the business traded as John Maddock & Son. From around 1870 the other son, James, was taken into partnership and the business traded as John Maddock & Sons. 
In 1871 John Maddock (snr) retired, by which time the census records that the business employed 208 people. This successful pottery company survived two world wars and numerous recessions as a large scale manufacturer of mid-market domestic and catering earthenware. It also exhibited at the 1904 St.Louis Exhibition, USA, where it was awarded a gold medal. 
The plate from which this pendant was made does not identify the specific pattern, and I haven't been able to find out the name. It is very similar in pattern to 'Royal Ivorene', but isn't labelled as such. Judging by the backstamp, this plate was probably manufactured in the 1940's, possibly earlier.


As with all Goosehouse Designs jewellery, this unique pendant has been individually handcrafted by me in my studio.


The silver in this pendant is sterling silver, and is stamped with the .925 stamp.

This round pendant measures 24mm x 5mm.

The pendant comes with your choice of necklace -

wire collar 46cm/18"

box chain 56cms/22"

link chain 66cms/26"

snake chain 70cms/27"

John Maddock & Sons, small round pendant

  • The vintage china I use in my jewellery pieces is all recycled from pieces found at garage sales and op. shops, or through vintage dealers, who are happy to pass on some of their less-than-perfect items. I carefully cut out the selected section of china, shape it by hand, then grind the edges nice and smooth. I securely fix the piece into the sterling silver blank, then grout it so it stays firmly in place.
    As with all artisan jewellery, some care needs to be taken to keep your piece in as-new condition.
    The vintage china in your piece may well be up to a hundred years old, and needs to be treated accordingly. It is not recommended that you swim or shower whilst wearing your jewellery, nor that you wear it gardening or playing sport or any other activity where the item may get badly knocked. China is breakable, after all.
    The sterling silver ring and earring hooks are easily adjustable, but care must be taken not to bend them too quickly or too sharply. As with all metals, if they are worked roughly they may break. 

    The sterling silver bezel will enjoy a regular simple polish with a quality silvercloth. If you do use silver polish, do not get it on the china or the grout. Do not use strong chemicals on your jewellery.

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